That was the day, 90 years ago Saturday, when a beleaguered Cy Avery and B.H. Peepmeier got together at the Colonial Hotel in Springfield, MO, to figure out what to do about the brouhaha over the highway number 60. Avery had selected number 60 for the new US highway between Los Angeles and Chicago, but when the Governor of Kentucky saw the first draft of the National Highway System map, he cried foul. The number 60, said Gov. William Fields, should be attached to the road through Kentucky and on to the east coast, not some road that stopped in the middle of the country. A battle ensued that lasted 5 months, stopped all progress on adoption of the National Highway System, and began to disrupt the workings of Congress.
Finally, Avery bowed to the inevitable and got in touch with Piepmeier to meet him in Springfield and figure out what to do. What they decided was to take a random leftover number for their highway. That number of course was 66 — and everyone knows the rest of the story.
So all you Route 66 fans, take a moment and think back to Avery, Piepmeier and that fateful Springfield meeting. And offer a word of thanks to Gov. Fields.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROUTE 66!!!